First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continues on 79p044.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
Second half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continued from 79p043.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
A class about the history of poetry, in a series of classes by Allen Ginsberg in 1975. Ginsberg discusses the work of Ezra Pound, 18th and 19th century poetics, and sound and rhythm in poetry. Ginsberg reads poetry selections, followed by a class discussion. (Continues on 75P008)
End of a class with William S. Burroughs, finishing with a question and answer session with Burroughs responding to remarks about women, non-referential images, non-linear thinking, and telepathy. (Continued from 76p020-021.) Keywords: Beat Movement, Experimental Writing, Aural Poetry, Consciousness and Literature
byBrownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, feminist poetry, beat movement, political poetry
First half of a class with William S. Burroughs discussing various sources for writing, including dreams, voices (external and internal), and cut-up, giving examples from his own work. Burroughs emphasizes the importance of egolessness to the writer and presents his sources as a means to that end. In the course of the discussion, Burroughs airs many of his ideas about consciousness. There are questions and answers halfway through the session.(Continues on 76P021)
A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
byGinsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor. The recording includes: Ginsberg accompanied by Taylor performing "1948: A Western Ballad," Hawkins's "Middle-Aged Woman Stardust Rap," and Waldman accompanied by Taylor performing "Contra Chant." Also included is an untitled song performed by Taylor. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, Beat Movement, political poetry, Buddhism, performance poetry, Naropa...
First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, beat movement, music and literature
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continues on 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, visionary poetry, performance poetry
Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues." favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
First half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Continues on 76p019.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental...
A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute April 21, 1980. Ginsberg and class begin by discussing the poetry of Hart Crane and John Milton with regards to prosody. Ginsberg spends most of the rest of the class reading from and discussing John Milton's Paradise Lost. This is class 24 of 33.
The first class in an Allen Ginsberg course on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg opens the class with a brief history of the topics of courses he has taught in the past. He then explains his expectations for this course and the material he plans to cover in the sourcebook/anthology he is compiling. He then reads Geza Roheim's Children of the desert, Shelley's Hymn to intellectual beauty, Ode to the West Wind and the end of Adonais. The class discusses rhythm and the expansive breath and how it... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes in the Summer of 1975. Gregory Corso helps teach the class. Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Hood are discussed extensively. The class reads from Shelley, and Ginsberg recites Shelley's "Ode to the west wind."
Allen Ginsberg discusses the importance of and references in Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues. Plays significant portion of a reading Kerouac did, accompanied by a jazz pianist. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 18, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act I scene 1 and 2 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores, Aristotle's poetic and dramatic theories, Ezra Pound's four parts of poetry, and Ginsberg's own poetic influences...
A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes from 1975. Ginsburg discusses William Shakespeare and Ben Johnson in detail. Putting poetry to music, and the poet James Shirley are also discussed.
A lecture by Amiri Baraka on the politics of poetics. The lecture ends with a question and answer period covering topics such as jism and jazz, grants in music, whores, hypocrisy, Bob Dylan, and Noam Chomsky. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, protest poetry, Black Arts Movement
byBurroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
A continuation of a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, Allen Ginsberg draws parallels between Gregory Corso and Shakespeare, reading verse by both authors. Later Allen goes deeper into the text of Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest. This is class 2 of 4.
Robin Blaser presents another of his famously unsummarizable lectures, in which he searches with us for guides on the journey "From there to here to where: writing." "There" is Blaser's early childhood in Idaho, living in a train car and learning about syphilis from a tent chautauqua. "Here" is the hell that, as Pound said, holding his hands across his heart, is "here." "Where" is the question of where we are now, and where we are going,...
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: mysticism, consciousness
First half of a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg. from a series of classes during the summer of 1975. Ginsberg discusses the 19th century American poet, Walt Whitman, and a French poet of the same period, Arthur Rimbaud. He also discusses the poets' biographies and their innovative approaches to style and poetics, followed by a reading by Ginsberg of a selection of Whitman's and Rimbaud's work. (Continues on 75P017)
The first two classes in a "History of poetry" series by Allen Ginsberg in the summer of 1975, taught by Gregory Corso while Ginsberg was sick. Corso holds the class in a "Socratic" format, allowing the students to ask him questions about anything they wish. He describes his process of editing and shaping a poem, and also talks about his family and relations with members of the Beat generation.
Allen Ginsberg discusses early 20th century French modernism, focusing on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire and Jules Laforgue, and the paintings of Paul Cezanne and the Cubists. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: beat movement, protest poetry, literature and society, technology and literature
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick...
First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Philip Whalen and Allen Ginsberg read poetry at the Naropa Institute. Whalen reads "The 20th of July 1958," "Denunciation," "Hymnus ad patrum," "Something nice about myself," "Manifesto 1959," "Awake a moment," "Late afternoon," "The great beyond Denver," "Theophany," and others. Ginsberg reads "Cyanide water in Pittsburgh," "Reading the newspapers can drive you mad," "Freedom of...
byBurroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Second half of a performance with Steven Taylor, Anne Waldman, Paula Gunn Allen, and Allen Ginsberg. Taylor opens singing several songs including "London" by William Blake, set to music by Tuli Kupferberg. Waldman reads excerpts from Iovis and Kaliyuga Blues. Paula Gunn Allen's performance includes "Never cry uncle," "Heyoka (Coyote tale)," "Koshkalaka (Ceremonial dyke)," "That's a switch or so she said," and "Quien es que anda (Who is it... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on "Spontaneous Poetics." Discussion includes meditation and poetry with William Carlos Williams's "Thursday" as an example. Ginsberg discusses Indian poetry, Paris and Henri Micheaux, William Blake's "Tierza," Gertrude Stein, and political disillusionment. (Continues on 76p076.) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, West Coast poetry, spiritualism and literature, beat...
First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing vividness and close observation in writing, particularly the writers who do it, including Walt Whitman, haiku, Jack Kerouac, Reznikoff, Imagists and William Carlos Williams. Ends with Ginsberg reading a poem that was a partial model for "Howl."(Continues on 86p306B.) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, consciousness and literature
Class instructed by Gregory Corso. The class covers various topics including the Socratic Method, Nero, Masons, the French Revolution, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Roman mythology, Christianity, Post-Roman literature, Milton, and Blake. This is class 3 of 8.
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act III scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores. This is class 3 of 4.
Recorded March, 9th, 2006 at the Boulder Theater, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs his poetry and music as part of a benifit for Burma Life and La Casa de la Esperanza. For the first half of the recording, Thrurston reads poems from his books, Alabama Wildman, What I like About Feminism and Nice War, the latter two in their entirety. The second half is a set of songs mostly from the Sonic Youth Ep, Rather Ripped (release date, June 2006) including, Lights Out, Incinerate, Sleeping Around,...
Gregory Bateson lectures on "Orders of Change". While acknowledging the difficulties of speaking about change and stability due to the slippery positioning of the "it" of which one is speaking: "it" as existent thing or as "piece of descriptive material." Bateson distinguishes between levels of change, suggesting that more superficial changes serve the function of protecting deeper propositions. This is lecture 2 in a series of lectures. This is part 2 of...
The first session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa Institute. This session discusses Shakespeare's poetry and the Lyric and Ballad poets, juxtaposing these with Modernist, Futurist, and contemporary poets such as William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Charles Reznikoff, and David Cope, to show the evolution and direction of poetics. Ginsberg ends the session by reading extensively from Cope's selected works. This is class 1 of 33.
Allen Ginsberg presents a class on "Spiritual Poetics." Ginsberg discusses the influence of haiku on the Beats and the relative merits of tape recorders and notebooks for writing poetry. He then reads and comments on selections from the Collected Earlier Poems of William Carlos Williams. (Continued on 74P003). This is part 1 of 3.